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Finding Your Rhino Moment and Grabbing It

Posted March 25, 2013 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

I recently read life coach extraordinaire and general life guru Martha Beck’s new book Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, and while it contained hundreds of incredible a-ha moments and tidbits I’ll carry for years to come, one stuck out and will simply not leave me. That’s when I knew I had to share it with you!

In one chapter of the book, Martha recounts her encounter with a female rhinoceros while on a safari in Africa. She stood, paralyzed, knowing that this angry mama rhino could very well attack her and her fellow safari travelers. But instead of running or panicking, Martha tells us she stood mesmerized, wanting to spend every moment she could in that moment she was in. It didn’t matter if this rhino could kill her. She wanted to be there. So she says, we all need to find our own rhino moment.

Your ‘rhinoceros’ is anything that so fulfills your life’s real purpose that if someone told you, ‘It’s right outside – but watch out, it could kill you!,’ you’d run straight out through the screen door without even opening it. Barefoot.

What is your rhino moment? Is it your family? Your job? Your dog or cat? Is it the dream of being the President or a Supreme Court Justice? For me, my rhino moment is Career Girl Network. I left an incredibly lucrative job and the opportunity for great growth in an industry I loved to start this company, and I resonate so deeply with what Martha Beck says. “But watch out, it could kill you!” Who cares? I’m running toward it.

On this Monday morning, I’m wishing for all of you that you wake up consumed with that rhino and ready to run towards it, even if it might kill you.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."